GPS study reveals new insights in to the advanced skills of birds when flying in V formation

The familiar sight of a flock of birds flying in a perfect V formation across the sky – how do they do that? Research led by the Royal Veterinary College at University of London has proved for the first time that birds precisely time when they flap their wings and place themselves in aerodynamic optimal positions when flying in formation. Custom-built GPS and accelerometer loggers have uncovered groundbreaking new insights into the flying-V formation. It was previously not thought possible for birds to carry out such aerodynamic feats because of the complex flight dynamics and sensory feedback required, but the … Continue reading GPS study reveals new insights in to the advanced skills of birds when flying in V formation